Joining the Mississippi Forge Council

If you like what you’ve seen thus far, why not become a member? The annual dues for membership are $30.00, payable on the 1st of January each year, unless you use the online subscription below. If you are joining later in the year, and do not wish to use the online subscription method for paying dues, you can pro-rate your membership for $2.50/month. You will need to contact one of the MFC Officers, via phone or email, to arrange payment. Dues helps keep the organization running by paying for the maintenance of all of our tools at the shop, as well as bringing in demonstrators to teach new techniques and skills. Members of the Mississippi Forge Council also get a few perks:

  • Members can get access to the blacksmith’s shop at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS during normal hours of operation. Prior to being put on the list to be allowed into the shop, members must attend a few meetings to assess their skill level and attend a brief class with the museum on how to interact with the general public, as museum visitors regularly stop by the shop to spectate. The Forge Council will set up a class with the museum for groups of members wanting access outside of meeting, so make sure to let an officer know that you are interested at one of the meetings.

  • Members have access to the most recent issue of The Upset, our very own publication. This newsletter contains more information about the goings on of our organization, some helpful step-by-step guides for some techniques, and often a listing of tools or services for sale by other members. Older issues of The Upset are available to everyone, but the newest issue is always reserved for members.

  • Members are included in the organization’s mailing list which provides up-to-date information about upcoming events and unforeseen changes to said events.

  • And perhaps best of all, members have access to other members! You get to meet all kinds of people, with all kinds of knowledge. We like to think of all of us as friends and we want nothing more than to help you succeed at blackmsithing. You can learn so much from talking to the other members of this fine organization.

Of course we will gratefully accept any contributions you should want to make. To make a donation, please click the Donate button on the right side of the page. Thank you for your support.

Information on membership is detailed below:

New Members: Mail-in Application with a Check
New members, or returning members with changes to their contact information, will need to print and fill out the application below and mail it in with their check. This allows us to keep accurate paperwork and contact information on our members.
Mississippi Forge Council Application

Existing MFC Members: Recurring Online Subscription
If you are an existing member you can use the Subscribe button below to set up an automatically recurring membership that will bill you $30.00 each year on the same day that you originally join. Of course, if you want to cancel your membership subscription, simply press the Unsubscribe button at the bottom of the page.

Existing MFC Members: One-time Online Payment
If you don’t like the idea of being automatically billed, you can use the button below to make a one-time payment to the Mississippi Forge Council. However, you will have to remember to renew your membership on January 1st of each year.

Cancelling Your Membership
We do not offer partial or full refunds for cancelled memberships. If you do not wish to renew your membership and would like to be removed from the mailing list, please contact Jim Pigott to let him know. If you want to cancel your automatic billing, use the Unsubscribe button below.